Joist Design & Manufacturing

TRIFORCE® is the only all-wood open-web joist offered to the construction market since the end of the 1980s. This unique product by design is produced in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility using 95% robotic manufacturing processes. This allows us to produce a quality product every time and to ensure you get a great product backed by a lifetime warranty. In addition, all TRIFORCE® joists are individually tested to meet high standards.

Humidity control at building closure with TRIFORCE®

An open web design has many advantages over I-joists or 2″ x 10″  when it comes to humidity control during building closure and utility installation. Humidity control to avoid problems down the road Proper temperature and humidity control during and after the building’s transition to being closed are essential.  High humidity levels,  heavy rain or snowmelt … Continued

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Using open web joists opens up new possibilities (part 2/2)

This is part 2 of a post about why you should use open web joists in your construction projects. See part 1 called Open web design is open to the future. Previously on this subject, I talked about how open web joists like TRIFORCE® eliminate the need to drill holes to pass ducts and plumbing. Without a … Continued

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Open web design is open to the future (part 1)

We often talk about the advantages of open web design in this blog.  But an open design isn’t just convenient and time-saving.  Indeed, what if I told you that open web joists must replace I-joist type floor joists in the near future? Let me explain. The Millennial opportunity In the past year, a lot has … Continued

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Should lumberyards sell EWP?

For lumberyards that don’t typically sell engineered wood, there are many good arguments in favor of carrying this type of product. EWP use will grow Indeed, with the return of a healthy construction industry and increased competitiveness, you can bank on builders looking for wood products that will give them a better bang for their … Continued

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How to get around a 6 to 8 week lead time for plated trusses

Spring is here and construction season is gearing back up. It looks like it will be a pretty productive season too. Builder confidence is higher than it has been in the past 12 years and new home sales are stronger than last year and seem to be trending upwards. This is a good time to … Continued

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How are the joints made on open joist TRIFORCE®?

We recently got a question on our website about how the joints are made on the open joist TRIFORCE®. It’s great question, as it touches on many of the product’s strengths. We always welcome questions on our blog, so please feel free to ask. So, here’s our answer. 5-fingered-joints acting as connector The first thing … Continued

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Green building materials: looking for joists?

Green building is trending strongly. Many designers, engineers and builders are realizing the importance of sustainability for their customers. The hunt for green building materials is on. If you’re looking, you’ll find joists that are an excellent choice for green building construction. Green Benefits of engineered wood First of all, when it comes to framing, … Continued

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The ultimate advice for cutting holes into joists: Don’t.

Have you ever taken part in a conversation that involved cutting holes in I-joists? Was it because an improper cut called for a repair? Or was it a communications issue between subcontractors as to the exact placement of the holes? Did you find yourself wishing there was an easier way to just get on with … Continued

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7 reasons why TRIFORCE® open joist should be part of your project

TRIFORCE® open joist was developed specifically to answer several needs in the construction industry. It’s an ideal floor system that we believe will exceed your expectations. Here’s why: It’s an innovative product TRIFORCE® open joist is an outstanding answer to problems that have plagued framers and MEP installers for years. It does away with hole-drilling. … Continued

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When the architectural plan says ‘’or equivalent’’

As a builder, you’ll sometimes come across these two words in an architectural plan: ‘‘or equivalent.’’ These two words can give you pause. ‘‘Or equivalent’’ do I or don’t I? You may be ok with what was specified as first choice, but as a builder having just gone through a few difficult years (along with … Continued

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*Note/mention: The designer and/or general contractor of the project or building must ensure the accuracy of the technical information discussed in this blog over the years and always rely on the most up-to-date product’s requirements, specifications and installation guidelines available online on this website, and the applicable codes and standards.